One question each ACC team must answer during spring practices ahead of 2022 college football season

The 2022 spring practice schedule isn’t just underway across the ACC — it’s already completed in some cases. As schools continue to wrap up their spring work on the field, we wanted to bring an attention to each program in the conference with some burning questions. As you might expect, there is plenty of interest in new head coaches and quarterback battles, but just as interesting might be the impact of coordinator changes or instant-impact transfers. 

The one thing you can count on is that the ACC’s football landscape feels like it’s started from scratch after the upheaval in 2021. For the first time since 2010, the league was not won by Clemson or Florida State. Instead, Pitt claimed its first ACC title after beating Wake Forest, which won the ACC Atlantic for the second time in program history. While Clemson looks to return to the top of the mountain in 2022, the rest of the conference also has proof that the league crown is not out of reach despite Dabo Swinney’s dominance for much of the last decade. 

So as optimism abounds — as it does every spring — here is one question for every team in the ACC. 

Boston College 

How will returning stars mesh with new coaching?: The two most important players for Boston College’s offense over the last two years — quarterback Phil Jurkovec and wide receiver Zay Flowers — are back for 2022. When Jurkovec was healthy for a full year in 2020, he was a top-five quarterback in the league, and Flowers, the big-play threat, finished as the ACC’s leader in receiving touchdowns that season. The importance of Jurkovec to the passing game was exposed when he was limited to just six games in 2021 because of injury, and the Eagles’ offensive rankings dropped to the bottom tier of the conference. 


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